Stalemate. It is a term used by chess players. I am not going to go that deep into explaining chess, but I will say that if you ever hear it, it means that you cannot move any more.
Today, while praying, I heard the Lord say to me, “stalemate.” I cried a little but then realized a little of what He was saying. I play chess. I like chess. Stalemate to me means to me that I cannot move anymore. In chess you can run from your opponent, chase him, or let him lose on his own. Well, God wasn’t chasing me. I was actively running, nowhere. Everywhere I ran to He was there. From the East Coast to the West. He was there. Just like a chess board, all the way around and He would find me there.
Now hindsight that was good.
As He spoke this word I was meditating on the scriptures Luke 9:19 and down. It wasn’t a meditation that I chose; more like one that He chose. I kept reading it over and over. Soon I was thanking Him. Whatever came to mind I began to go deeper with. Then the: STALEMATE.
I began to google the word. I knew it was a chess move as I often refer to God about whose move it is. We go back and forth like this. Well, in a stalemate, the game is over.
After I read the google definition I went deeper. I enquired. I put people into the place of pieces. I placed myself as the king being checked by God. There was nowhere else for me to move. What? Nowhere else for me to go? What was God speaking? I dried my tears and listened. I had a vision of the Lord Jesus laying His life down. No one could take His life, He laid it down. I then reached out to God, hands open arms outstretched and head raised saying,
“Lord I surrender. Into your hands I commit my soul,” then I thought about it and changed it to, “spirit.”
After saying those words to God, I had to think about what I was actually saying. I was like, thinking, like what did I just say…….
Immediately, I thought of Jesus being persecuted. Luke 9:22 – Son of man must suffer. As He prayed, Moses and Elijah, came and spoke to Him about His death. Peter spoke about building three tabernacles. Luke 9:34-35 – God, the Father, in a cloud overshadowed them and spoke that Jesus is His beloved Son: hear Him. Even now revelation is pouring in and I know that I must listen to Jesus.
Eye opener – apparently, I wasn’t. Nah! I was. But I recognize that hearing now will be different.
Stalemate. Even I f I wanted to run anymore I couldn’t. Every move I considered was right back into His hands. So, I laid my king down. I surrendered. Totally unto the other team. The Father, The Son, and the Holy Ghost. They had won, and I was defeated.
My new life. Amen.